SC rejects govt’s request to review verdict on transitional justice

Published On: April 27, 2020 10:25 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 27: The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday trashed the government’s request to review its verdict on a case of transitional justice.

A five-member bench of justices Deepak Kumar Karki, Meera Khadka, Bishwambhar Shreshta, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai refused to reopen the case. 

The full bench finally closed the door for reviewing the apex court verdict which was issued some two years ago following intense hearings on a case filed against the government by Suman Adhikari. Deciding the Suman Adhikari Vs Nepal Government  case, the apex court had refused to grant general amnesty to those accused of heinous crimes such as rape and murder and other serious human rights abuses. 

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has ordered the government authorities to produce before the court civil society leader and anti-corruption crsuader Gyanendra Shahi who was allegedly arrested by the police on the charge of violating the lockdown imposed by the government.

A single bench of Justice Hari Prasad Phuyal asked the government to produce Shahi at the apex court within 24 hours. 

Police had arrested Shahi a few days ago arguing that he had violated the lockdown by distributing relief to the needy people.

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